How to Make Spinning Tops
Toy Tops Are Fun!
I've been a fan of toy tops since I got a set of wooden tops as a Christmas gift exchange in grade school. Learning how to make spinning tops can be a great way to have more fun tops to spin.
Twisting a toy top with your fingers then letting go and watching it twirl is one of life's simple pleasures.
Make your own spinning tops to twirl and relax. Make some to give to a child in your life. The spinning tops listed here range from easy-to-make paper tops to wooden tops that require more tools and skill.
Photo shows my collection of wooden spinning tops.
Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood
Paper Spinning Tops
from Martha Stewart
You and your kids can make these easy spinning tops courtesy of Martha Stewart.
These spinning tops only require toothpicks, paper, and glue. Well, and some fine motor skills so younger kids will need some help.
You can also embellish these tops by painting the toothpicks or rolling the paper in glue then glitter. Or come up with your own fun ways to personalize your toy tops!
Oh, and speaking of Martha, click this link to see a collection of tops through the years.
Do you have a favorite type of spinning top?
What is your favorite kind of tops?
Make a Paper Spinner - Just watch and fold!
NinjaGo Lego Tops - Spin the Lego Tops and Yell "Ninja Go!"
The Lego NinjaGo spinning tops do battle and are a fun twist to the ever-popular Lego toys.
Make Plastic Spinning Tops
- Kanu Hawaii Story: A Handmade Hanukkah Game: Spinning tops From Plastic Bottle Caps!
Make plastic spinners with bottle caps. Great photo and easy project
More Ways to Make Toy Tops - Kits for making your own spinners
If you have the wood working equipment already, you might want to try your hand at making some traditional wooden tops. What a fun and lasting gift idea.
A Fast and Fun Video of a Wooden Top Being Made
Boys Playing Sports, Including Bowling, Spinning a Top, Stilts, and a Swing, England, 1600s - Buy This Allposters.com
Toy Top Collection
Jerry Fannin is a Texas rancher who collects toy tops. He has hundreds of metal tops, wooden tops, whistling tops, and more.
Click this link to see a wonderful collection of vintage spinning tops.
BeyBlade Battle Tops - Popular spinning tops
Bey Blades are popular spinning tops!
Tops Made of Old Skateboards and More - Who Knew!?
Tops can be made of just about anything. These links provide ideas for making tops from skateboards, various woods, and more.
- Recycled Skateboard Spinning Top Toy by TrilliumArtisans on Etsy
Recycled Skateboard Spinning Top Toys are made by Trillium Artisans member Jason Greene of Board Games. Please visit his Etsy shop at
- Spin Top Segmented Purpleheart White Oak Birch by DCWoodcrafts
This beautiful One-of-a-kind wooden spin top is hand-turned on the lathe from multiple woods. For this top, I decided on a segmented design using
- Classic Kids Spinning Toy Top Mountain Tops by tomlarkinwoodworker
Your secret to an unexpected, wildly successful gift for a hard to buy for child. Old World Wonderful! Who would expect a child today to set
- Small Spinning Toy Top Wood by handpaintedloveboxes on Etsy
Made of solid wood, this spinning top can really get going. It is a real toy, just not for anyone under 5 years old please. Its about 2.5
- The Ohio Art Co Spinning Top by designisforliving on Etsy
Here is a great vintage spinning top! The top was made by The Ohio Art Co. in Bryan, Ohio which means it could have been made as far back as
Which of These Spinning Tops Will You Make?
Do you plan to make some spinning tops? Which one is your favorite?
Make Wooden Spinning Tops - Use these links for inspiration and instruction to make your own wooden spinning tops.
Make Easy Spinning Tops
- Optical tops to make: Fechner-Benham's and Sarcone's discs
Make your own magic optical top with cardboard and optical illusion designs on paper.
- How to Make Spinning Tops | eHow.com
How to Make Spinning Tops. Spinning tops are among the most time-tested of toys. Perhaps this owes something to the ease with which they are made. In fact, all the materials you need can probably be found lying around the house.
More Fun for the Kiddos
Five Senses Worksheets
Our five senses are vital to living and enjoying ourselves. Use these five senses worksheets to teach children about sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch....
Brain Teasers for Kids
Brain teasers for kids offer hours of fun, whether you're a kid or not. While kids work on brain teasers they are also learning things like logic, rational t...
Each country in the world and each state in the United States has its own flag, so use flag worksheets to introduce students to new countries and to educate ...
Printable Word Searches
Printable word searches can be used for fun or as educational aids. Word search puzzles are great to reinforce spelling of words that children are learning, ...